Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Ugly Truth about False Rape Accusations

Victims of sexual assault should always come forward if they are attacked. According to the American Medical Association, sexual violence, especially rape, is the most under-reported violent crime in the United States. But what happens when a person falsely accuses another of rape or sexual assault? The FBI estimates the number of rape accusations that are “unfounded” to be around 8 percent, and sexual assault and rape are amongst the worst crimes a person can be accused of. Filing a false rape report is a misdemeanor—the same as filing any other false police report. Child sexual assault is another crime that is falsely reported, sometimes to get back at a teacher, parent or a coach. While the crime itself is a felony, the false reporting of it is a misdemeanor. According to a study by the False Allegations Against Carers and Teachers (FACT), in 2000 there was a 90 percent…
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Non-Violent First-Time Drug Offender Receives Life Sentence in Texas

A first-time non-violent drug offender is serving a life sentence in Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle. Elisa Castillo was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States from Mexico when she was 56 years old. Castillo was accused of being a manager in a drug smuggling conspiracy, although she was never accused of handling the drugs herself. Others who were charged in the same conspiracy were able to strike deals with the prosecution. Castillo, lacking options and information to provide to the prosecutors, was given a maximum sentence. Castillo has consistently maintained her innocence. She claims she was tricked into unknowingly transporting drugs across the border, which is why she never plead guilty and went to trial. “Our criminal justice system is broke; it needs to be completely revamped,” said Terry Nelson, board member of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “They have the power, and if you…
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New Jersey Teacher Arrested on Child Sexual Assault Charges

A New Jersey high school teacher pleaded not guilty to child sexual assault charges before a state judge on May 15, according to NorthJersey.com. 26-year-old Kristin Leone is accused of sleeping with a 16-year-old male student. “I am very hurt,” said the alleged victim’s mother. “But the Lord Jesus Christ has given me the comfort I need. I thank my church and my brothers and sisters of Christ, for their support.” Judge Greta Gooden Brown released Leone on $100,000 bail on the condition she have no unsupervised contact with children. The alleged assault occurred when Leone was tutoring the student after school in a classroom, and another incident at Leone’s home. There is no evidence that the assault was forceful in nature or coerced, but the prosecution claims that the relationship is illegal because of Leone’s “supervisory role” and her position of authority. Leone denied the charges. While it is…
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